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Some NC schools are adding locked AR-15s to prepare for shooters


MARSHALL, NC — A North Carolina sheriff’s office has placed AR-15 rifles locked up on all six campuses in a school district as an additional security measure for the upcoming school year in response to the mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

It’s a move the North Carolina sheriff says will help law enforcement respond to potential violence in schools. But experts told USA TODAY the idea was unlikely to work and was the wrong approach to tackling gun violence.

Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood promoted the idea as the nation reels from the botched response by law enforcement in Uvalde, Texas. Tragedy exposed systemic failures and poor decision-making as police responded with defiance of active shooter formations, Texas statehouse report says

“Hopefully we never need it, but I want my guys to be as prepared as possible,” Harwood said.

If an active shooter situation arises, the sheriff’s office has stored semi-automatic weapons in locked safes at every school in Madison County. The safes also contain extra magazines, ammunition and breaching tools, Harwood said.

Some NC schools are adding locked AR-15s to prepare for shooters

“In the event that we have someone barricaded in a doorway, we won’t have to wait for the fire department,” he added. “We’ll have those tools to be able to get through that door if necessary. I don’t want to have to go back to the car to pick up an AR because it’s wasted time.”

But national gun safety experts told USA TODAY they disagree with the idea.


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